Praying in the Spirit is praying in the UNSEEN. We live by the UNSEEN--not by SIGHT. Living by the senses, being sense-ruled, or sensual, does not benefit the believer. Blessed are they who believe but have not SEEN in the natural. The place that we live in is not of this world, therefore we do not operate by an earthly kingdom, but a Heavenly one. When we make the choice that we will give ourselves over to the Father's Will, we put the Kingdom plan in motion, not only for our own lives, but for the lives of others that we influence. However, it is never of our doing. It is the Father's Will working through us. The Will of the Father can only be accomplished through humility on our part, yielding our selfish, fleshly desires for those of the Kingdom.
When we pray in faith, we do damage to satan's kingdom...in the realm of the UNSEEN. What is done through our faith-filled prayers in a language that we do not understand with our NATURAL mind, is manifested from the UNSEEN - the Spirit realm - into the SEEN. PRAYING IN TONGUES IS THE MOST POWERFUL PRAYER THAT ANY BELIEVER CAN PRAY!
The Holy Spirit helps our weaknesses--there is absolutely no way that we can know how to pray with our natural mind and expect to do ANY damage to the kingdom of darkness. The all-knowing Holy Spirit, our HELPER, adds His supernatural strength to our limited understanding and prays the perfect Will of God for ANY and EVERY situation. Nothing is impossible WITH or TO Him. Is there any better prayer Partner or Coach?
To be honest, there is nothing that grieves my spirit more than to hear or to read any teaching that belittles the importance of praying in the spirit in any believer's life. Doctrines and commandments of men have only one source...satan! Trusting the Holy Spirit enough to allow Him to pray through you in your prayer language is the greatest step of faith any believer can take subsequent to asking Jesus into his or her life.
Trust the Holy Spirit. He has been sent to help you work out your salvation and to walk out the fulness of the calling and ministry and the giftings that Jesus has provided for you. This may sound harsh, but it is the truth of the matter is this: choosing to follow after your own intellect and rejecting your Teacher is the ultimate folly. Why would anyone choose to be called a fool? In all your ways acknowlege HIM and HE will direct your paths (Proverbs 3:6). That is Wisdom from the Book of Wisdom. Some will read this and say "Well, this passage is refererring to God". Is the Holy Spirit not God? It will be so sad on that day when so many who have rejected the Holy Spirit's counsel realize how much of a loss of reward they will suffer because they chose to lean on their OWN understanding than the Wisdom that the Father FREELY gives via the Holy Spirit (James 1:5).
In closing, I will leave you with these two passages of scripture, which happen to be two of my favorites. The first one is in reference to Wisdom, bearing in mind that the Holy Spirit is our Wisdom:
Now therefore hearken unto me, O ye children: for blessed are they that keep my ways. Hear instruction, and be wise, and refuse it not. Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors. For whoso findeth me findeth life, and shall obtain favour of the LORD. [Proverbs 8:32-34]
The second, an exhoration to not be ruled or led by your senses but rather to yield to the Holy Spirit. Constantly choosing to live by sight will lead to loving the things that you SEE and ultimately be seduced by the things of this life. This leads to covetousness and idolatry:
But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; how that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These be they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life. [Jude 17-21]
For those of you that may be reading this that do not pray in tongues and would desire to, here is a link that will be of great help to you. Pastor Dave Roberson's book "The Walk Of The Spirit, The Walk Of Power" is available for FREE download by clicking on this link: